A protected structure is a building, feature or structure of special interest that is protected for architectural, social, archaeological, technical, historical, cultural, artistic and scientific reasons. The protection includes the interior and exterior of the structure, and the lands and any other buildings within its boundary, unless otherwise determined by the Conservation Officer.
Record of Protected Structures
The up to date list of Protected Structures in Fingal is set out in the Record of Protected Structures which is contained in the appendices of the Fingal Development Plan 2017–2023. The location of these Protected Structures are marked on the maps of the Fingal Development Plan 2017-2023 by a yellow circle containing a unique RPS number. If you need further details about the structure and its location you can contact the Fingal Conservation Officer, contact details are at the bottom of this page.
Structures are normally added to or deleted from the RPS when the Fingal County Development Plan is being reviewed, but the RPS can be amended at any time following a public consultation process and a decision by Fingal County Councillors. A major review was carried out in 2016 and the changes made were incorporated into the list in Appendix 2 of the Fingal Development Plan 2017–2023
Ownership of a Protected Structure
There is a duty on owners or occupiers of protected structures to prevent their building being harmed through damage or neglect. Planning permission is also needed for all works that affect the character of a protected structure. This means that permission is needed for a wider range of works than would normally apply.
You can obtain a list of the works for your property that do or do not require planning permission by asking for a Section 57 Declaration from the Fingal Conservation Officer. This service is free.
For information on what to do if Protected Structure badly damaged by fire, flood or storm, click here
Before lodging a planning application you should consult with the local Area Planner and the Conservation Officer. Planning applications must also comply with the Validation Checklist 2017 for protected structures. If a building survey is required it must comply with the Guidelines for Architectural Survey & Assessment.